WHERE THE GRILLING IS EASY
Independence Day. The first real holiday of the summer. The backyard BBQs, the fireworks all in celebration of the red white and blue. Stop by the Little Italy Mercato and start planning what's going to be on your plate. Here's what's on our menu for the holiday:
Shish kabobs with chunks of fresh salmon from Poppa's Fresh Fish, peppers and onions from Suzie's Farm and summer squash from JR Organics. Marinate everything in a little garlic infused olive oil from Bistro Blends, a squeeze of orange juice and a handful of herbs. A few minutes over charcoal and people will be wondering when it's time to eat.
Deviled eggs are always a party favorite. Start with some super creamy eggs from Schaner Farms that you've hard boiled and cut in half. Mash the yolks in a bowl with a dollop of mayo, mustard, a splash of sherry vinegar and Schaner's own shallots, minced. Pile the mix back into the hollowed egg white and dust with smoked paprika from Just Spice.
For dessert we're thinking a twist on the classic shortcake, but with blueberries. Smit Orchards and Pudwill both have plump sweet berries, mix them with some of Really Good Jam's blueberry preserves, a bit of water and the zest from one of Polito Farms Eureka lemons and cook just until the berries pop and wilt. Spoon over a shortcake or biscuit and top with whipped cream. You'll be eating good this Fourth of July!